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Pedro Perez

It's time I started publishing my Mets Top 41 Prospects for 2014. For the guys outside the top 10, I'm going to publish them in groups of similar value, some of which will be bigger than others. I'll aim for two groups per week day.

I probably could have put any of the Mets' major international signings from last year in the last few spots. However, in general, I wait until after a guy has played his first year in a domestic rookie league to rank a player, or, in the case of Amed Rosario last year, it was clear he would play stateside in the following season. To justify the uncertainty of putting a 16-year-old who has yet to play his first professional game and might still be a year or two away from even playing on US soil, I want to see monster potential.

So our list this year starts with two 19-year-olds who are years away from the big leagues. Their group: Infielders who Can't Legally Drink.

Tags: Luis Guillorme, Pedro Perez, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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R (App): Kingsport Mets 20, @ Johnson City Cardinals 4

I made the lovely drive from Savannah, GA to Johnson City, TN to see the Kingsport Mets. (This is not a joke. Driving through the Southern Appalachian mountains is gorgeous.) I saw the KMets score 16 runs in the final four innings on their way to a season-high 20 tallies and a 20-4 win ?that finished in the rain with the Johnson City catcher on the mound mopping up in relief.

3B Pedro Perez had the game of his (brief) professional life, going 3-for-5 with a double and two three-run homers and seven RBI. The second homer was funny - he got a fastball in and yanked it down the leftfield line. The 18-year-old started a few steps out of the box, wasn't sure it would stay fair, stopped, and then waited for it to straighten out and stay fair. Perez kept it fair, because he said, "I stayed close, and [used] quick hands." (We will have video of this on the blog as well.)

Tags: Kingsport Mets, Pedro Perez, Road Trip, Toby Hyde
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